2019 Volkswagen Arteon vs. 2019 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Volkswagen Arteon are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Arteon has a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The 3 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Arteon offers optional Maneuver Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The 3 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Arteon and the 3 Series Gran Turismo have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.


The Arteon comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The 3 Series Gran Turismo’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 22000 miles sooner.

There are over 89 percent more Volkswagen dealers than there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Arteon’s warranty.


The Volkswagen Arteon’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the 3 Series Gran Turismo’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.


The Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 20 more horsepower (268 vs. 248) than the 330i Gran Turismo’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Arteon has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the 3 Series Gran Turismo (17.4 vs. 15.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Arteon’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 3 Series Gran Turismo:



3 Series

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

11.8 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Arteon has larger tires than the 3 Series Gran Turismo (245/45R18 vs. 225/45R18). The Arteon’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 3 Series Gran Turismo (245/45R18 vs. 225/45R19).

The Arteon’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 340i Gran Turismo’s optional 45 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Arteon offers optional 20-inch wheels. The 3 Series Gran Turismo’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The Arteon has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the 3 Series Gran Turismo; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Arteon is 1.8 inches wider in the front than on the 3 Series Gran Turismo.

For better maneuverability, the Arteon’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the 3 Series Gran Turismo’s (39 feet vs. 40.4 feet).


The Volkswagen Arteon may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 350 pounds less than the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo.

Passenger Space

The Arteon has 1.3 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear legroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the 3 Series Gran Turismo.

Cargo Capacity

The Arteon has a much larger trunk than the 3 Series Gran Turismo with its rear seat up (27.2 vs. 24.6 cubic feet).


The Arteon R-Line/SEL/SEL Premium has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The 3 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Arteon has standard extendable sun visors. The 3 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Arteon SEL Premium keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The 3 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Model Availability

The Arteon is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The 3 Series Gran Turismo doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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